We’re so pleased to have author DJ Jamison dropping in today on the tour for her new Christmas novella, Chance for Christmas. She’s sharing a sweet little tease from the book and is also giving one lucky reader the chance to win an Amazon Gift Card, so be sure to check out entry details below.
Tis the season for holiday novellas, and I joined in the tradition with my new release, Chance for Christmas.
I’ve been reading a fair amount of holiday books released recently. Jay Northcote’s A Family for Christmas and Annabelle Jacobs’ A Christmas Kiss are a couple of my favorites this year. Eli Easton’s Blame it on the Mistletoe is a treat to read, even if it’s not new.
Chance for Christmas incorporates some universal holiday themes: a chance at love, a chance at family, and a chance to have a fresh beginning.
What are some of your favorite holiday themes in m/m books? Give me some book recommendations in the comments so I can add to my Christmas collection! In the spirit of giving, I’ll be offering a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!
Below is an example of the contrasts Joe observes in Chance from the vulnerable 18-year-old he met 8 years ago to the sexy, more confident man he’s just run into again.
Joe found Chance lingering in the entryway to the back hallway, hands stuffed in his pockets, pulling his already snug jeans even tighter across his thighs. He had his head tipped back against the wall and his eyes were closed, allowing Joe to look his fill.
He stared for a long moment, reminding himself of who Chance had been to him. Comparing the boy to the man. In many ways, he was the same guy. That dark, glossy hair just a bit wild about his face. That smooth skin, more tan than pale after years spent in California but still just as creamy.
Yet, there was a strength to him that had been missing when he was younger. His sweater fit him like a glove, stretching across shoulders much more capable of carrying a burden than the day they met.
Joe looked up into the gray eyes that were the most telling feature in Chance’s transformation from boy to man. Instead of eyes pleading for a rescue, Joe saw clarity and confidence.
Chance’s lips spread into a slow smile, and Joe knew he was busted for staring.
“Hey,” he said stupidly.
About the Book
Chance Rasmussen returns to Ashe, Kansas, eight years after his high school crush humiliated him with a sext that went viral. He’s low on holiday spirit with his personal ghost of Christmas past haunting him, but when his BFF asks him to attend a party as her fake date, he reluctantly agrees. The last person he expects to see there is Joe Stewart, the compassionate prosecutor he hero-worshipped during the lowest point of his life.
Joe Stewart is a great prosecutor, but when it comes to romance he’s out of his depth. He came close to love once, but the timing and circumstances were all wrong, so Joe ignored his feelings and threw himself into his work. But when two of his friends drag him to The Ashe Sentinel holiday party, placing him directly in the path of the man he let walk away, Joe realizes he’s been granted a second chance.
The spark of attraction is still there, but Chance isn’t planning to stay in Ashe past the holidays and the spectre of his past still looms large between them. Can they find a way to build a future together or will Joe only have Chance for Christmas?
Chance for Christmas is part of the Ashe Sentinel Connections series, but it tells the love story of two new characters and can be read on its own.
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About the Author
DJ Jamison is the author of the m/m romance series Ashe Sentinel Connections. She worked in the newspaper industry for more than a decade before becoming a freelance blogger and social media marketer. She’s married with two sons and four glow-in-the-dark fish that are miraculously still alive. DJ loves connecting with readers, especially through Facebook. You can join her group at DJ and Company.
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26 thoughts on “Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway: Chance for Christmas by DJ Jamison”
When it comes to Holiday Romance, what I re-read every year is Josh Lanyon’s The Dickens with Love. The story just gives that oomph every time I read it.
I’ll have to check It out. I love josh lanyon’s writing
My favourite holiday romances are “The Christmas Throwaway” by RJ Scott and “Turkey In The Snow” by Amy Lane.
Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee’s Victorian Holiday Heart Series, the first of which is a Christmas story.
I love Heidi Cullinan’s Minnesota Christmas series. Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert was a great read this year too.
I love Heidi Cullinan’s Minnesota Christmas series. Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert was a great read this year too.
TBH, the only Christmas-themed book that I’ve read is A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote which you had mentioned already. (So, not much of a help there.) But if there’s a story which has a Christmas thing going on (near the ending of the story) that’s recommendable, it is J.H. Knight’s The Last Thing He Needs. It’s no. 1 in my list of top novels I’ve ever read. =)
So many good Christmas reads so hard to pick one :) But one of my favorites is Humbug by Joanna Chambers.
I did enjoy Humbug!
Thank you for the snippet, DJ. Those small smiles are so sexy. Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton is fantastic. I also love to re-read The Invasion of Tork by Claire Davis and Al Stewart, Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane, and Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton. I’m about to start A Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote next. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Thanks for the post!
I love holiday stories – a couple of my favs are Sock It To Me Santa by Madison Parker and Blame It On The Mistletoe by Eli Easton.
I read so many Christmas romance themed books, that there is honestly no super favorite one. I truly enjoy each and every one of them each year, both new and ones I’ve had.
DJ Jamison is new to me and I can’t wait to explore the books I’ve found!! Woo Hoo!! Merry Christmas to meeeeeee
The Dickens in love by Josh Lanyon, Winter Knights by Harper Fox, Simple Gifts by L.B. Gregg, and so many others…
I love holiday stories, especially the second chance ones. This year one my very favorites was Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles. It was a fantastic holiday read!
Since my favorites can change based on my mood everytime, I am just going to go with this year’s favorite holiday reads instead. So far, my favorites are Jay Northcote’s A Family for Christmas and Emma Keene’s Resolutions. And there’s still about two weeks to go to discover other lovely holiday romance, I am sure.
I’ve got Chance… queued for my Christmas read-a-thon
Great question. I’m going to steal some ideas myself. For me, I’ll offer “Our First Thanksgiving.” It’s a very short but poignant story that I’ve shared with my GED class I volunteer for. It’s by Colin Kelly, and I found it on codeysworld.com.
The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn and Feathers from the Sky by Posy Roberts. Congrats on the new release!
I really like Heidi Cullinan’s Minnesota Series & any Eli Easton.
Sixty Five Hours: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Sixty Five Hours, #1.5) by NR Walker is my favourite
I’m a fan of Amy Lane’s Christmas Kitsch. In terms of other themes, I’m always ready for a good redemption story. Bring on the modern-day Ebenezers!
A few of my favorite Better with Sprinkles by Chrissy Munder, The Reason for the Season by Chrissy Munder, Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara and In Another Life by Cardeno C.
I haven’t read very many M/M Christmas books but i loved Chance for Christmas and Annabeth Albert’s Wrapped Together.
The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott is my favorite! But I do love reading holiday themed books:)
Read Brandon Witt’s Teddy Bears which I loved!
Loved Chance for Christmas!